3 Makeup Hacks That Prove Lip Gloss Is a Multi-Purpose Product

January 04, 2021
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
There’s nothing we love more than a multi-tasking product or a good makeup hack to make applying makeup easier and faster. After speaking with professional makeup artists, AJ Crimson and Savannah Rae, we learned that lip gloss actually has multiple uses beyond simply coating your lips in a shiny, glossy formula. Don’t believe us? Check out some of their favorite out-of-the-box ways to apply lip gloss below.

Best Lip Gloss Hacks 

Use It as a Highlight

According to Crimson, lip gloss offers a subtle, buildable and glowing look that isn’t overpowering. “To apply, simply tap on top of your foundation for an extra fresh look,” says Rae. We recommend trying the AJ Crimson Lip Gloss in Miss Honey, a beautiful golden shade, for this. 

Use It as an Eye Gloss 

“I also love gloss on the lid,” says Crimson. “It catches light beautifully and is great when you don’t have eyeshadow handy or enough time to apply.” Rae says that the best way to apply gloss on the lids is to tap the formula on and avoid getting too close to the crease. For this hack, it’s best to use a non-sticky lip gloss formula. We like the Maybelline New York Lip Lifter Gloss because it contains hyaluronic acid to offer a comfortable and hydrating finish.

Use It as a Dewy Blush 

Glass blush is a makeup trend that involves dewy and glowing skin with a pop of color. Rae says that gloss is a great and easy way to achieve this look. Just be sure to opt for a pink or coral gloss, like the Lancôme Juicy Tubes Gloss in Magic Spell.

How to Make Lip Gloss Last 

Apply a Matte Lipstick First 

“For longevity, use a matte liquid lip first and apply a shiny gloss on top for that high-shine effect,” suggests Crimson. Rae adds that you can also use a lip liner for this. “A tried-and-true pro tip is to line and completely fill in your lips with a matching lip liner before applying your gloss on top,” she says. “The lip liner will act as a tinted primer for your gloss.”

Apply Setting Powder Under Your Gloss 

According to Rae, you can also apply a light swipe of setting powder underneath your lip gloss. “This helps give the gloss something to adhere to better,” she says. 

Apply Setting Spray

 “If you apply lip gloss to the face and cheek area, a good setting spray will help set the gloss into your makeup without taking away the dewy look you have achieved,” says Rae. Stay away from using setting powder, though, as doing so will make the gloss gummy and tacky.

Apply Eyeshadow Primer 

To make your eye gloss last, try using an eye primer underneath. “This will help give a better base for the gloss to adhere to and will help prevent creasing,” says Rae. One of our favorites is the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
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